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Kent Scribner named sole finalist for Fort Worth superintendent


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  • Renee Ryon/Phoenix Union High School District

Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner Is The Sole Finalist For The Position Of Superintendent Of The 86,000-student Fort Worth Independent School District .

Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner is the sole finalist for the position of superintendent of the 86,000-student Fort Worth Independent School District.

Fort Worth’s Board of Trustees held a special meeting tonight and voted unanimously on his selection. Per Texas state law, there will be a 21-day waiting period before the contract is finalized.

Kent Scribner named sole finalist for Fort Worth superintendent KentScribnerPortrait

Phoenix Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Kent P. Scribner is the sole finalist for the position of superintendent of the 86,000-student Fort Worth Independent School District .

“After much soul-searching and with a focus on my family, I am honored to move forward in this process. While I’m excited for a new opportunity in a similar school district, I am confident that Phoenix Union will continue its upward trajectory in its quest to be one of the premier urban school districts in the country,” Scribner said.

Kent P. Scribner, in his eighth year leading the Phoenix Union High School District, would start his new position sometime in the fall. Specific details of the transition will be announced as they are finalized.

Scribner, who has led Phoenix Union since 2008, has been the longest running superintendent for the district since the early 1970s. Under his leadership, there has been a culture shift to one of higher expectations, academic rigor, improved student achievement and college readiness.

Scribner, in partnership with the PUHSD Governing Board, implemented the mission of “Preparing Every Student for Success in College, Career and Life,” and the District has responded.  During his tenure, enrollment has risen to over 27,000 students, the highest enrollment in 36 years, placing the district in a fiscally strong and stable position.

Phoenix Union has seen high levels of student achievement, with eight of 14 schools with a label of A or B; an increase in the four-year graduation rates; more students are taking and passing rigorous exams such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge; and all juniors annually take the ACT college exam at no cost.

Another indicator of the culture change at PUHSD is in college scholarships offered.  Six years ago, $13 million in scholarships were offered to seniors.  The last two years, over $50 million each year has been offered and prestigious scholarships have increased as well.

Scribner became Phoenix Union’s 18th superintendent (since 1895), coming from Isaac Elementary School District where he was superintendent for five years. The 49-year old educator has also been Executive Director for Human Resources in Tempe Elementary School District and Principal and district administrator in the Roosevelt School District.

Dr. Scribner has been active locally and nationally with various organizations, from serving on the President’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; to a School Finance Reform Task Force with the Arizona Business and Education Coalition; and co-chairing Thriving Together, a cross-sector initiative focused on improving education and career opportunities for young Phoenicians.

Phoenix Union High School Superintendents

1895-97           Herschel H. Brown

1897-08           George Blount

1908-15           Alvin K. Stabler

1915-18           R. Thane Cook

1918-25           Daniel F. Jantzen

1925-53          Emery W. Montgomery

1953-56          Dr. Harold L. Gear

1956-60          Bruce K. Moore

1960-61          Dr. Lewis Allbee

1961-71           Dr.  Howard C. Seymour

1971-78           Dr. Gerald S. DeGrow

1978-83          Dr. Patrick Henderson

1984                Dr. Kenneth Garland (Acting)

1984-90           Dr. Timothy Dyer

1990                Dr. John Baracy (Acting)

1990-94           Dr. Victor Herbert

1994-95           Dr. Rene Diaz (Acting)

1995-2001       Dr. Rene Diaz

2001-2007      Dr. Raj K. Chopra

2007-2008       Arthur Lebowitz (Acting)

2008-2015       Dr. Kent P. Scribner